Saint Mary's College and Apple

Click here to see our Recommended Systems from Apple!  

Our updated recommendations are available annually in July when new products and Back-to-School sales specials are announced.

We are confident that you will love a Mac! With Macs, iPhones, and iPads, Apple has opened a new world to computer users. We have staff who know Macs inside and out and Apple computers are fully compatible with ResNet at Saint Mary's College. Saint Mary's supports the use of Apple technology on campus and offers special savings to students, faculty and staff on purchases from Apple.

During the 2019/2020 academic year, approximately 72% of students on ResNet had a Mac computer, and 28% had a computer running Windows. The decision to purchase a Mac or a Windows computer is a personal one. Regardless of major, Saint Mary's students will be exposed to both computer platforms while they are on campus. 

One thing to consider when purchasing a computer is the prevalence of viruses and spyware/adware on computers. At this time, there are only a handful of macOS computer viruses/trojans, and over 250,000 virus threats to Windows computers. The amount of malware (malicious software) for Windows computers is also significantly higher than for macOS. Students with Windows computers will spend much more time removing these problems from their computers and spending time on preventative maintenance than macOS users.

Click here to see our Recommended Systems from Apple!

Save with Apple Education Pricing. Saint Mary's College students, parents purchasing on their behalf, faculty, and staff can save on any Mac computer by purchasing online through from -- where you’ll get fast, free shipping, free engraving on iPad and iPod, the option to buy online and pick up at an Apple Store near you, as well as financing options.

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Devices such as Apple’s iPad should be viewed as a complement to a student’s computer, rather than as a replacement for a student’s computer. ResNet provides basic support for iOS devices (including Apple’s iPad and iPhone), including assistance with issues involving connecting to the ResNet and BelleAire wireless networks and setting up the device to access Saint Mary’s e-mail.

We recommend that AppleCare, Apple's extended warranty, be purchased with any new Apple computer or mobile device. For details on AppleCare, please visit the AppleCare Protection Plan website.

Saint Mary's College recommends that students purchase a USB Ethernet Adapter (sold separately) to connect to the wired network on campus to provide a faster Internet connection for high-bandwidth activities.

Please note that Saint Mary's College provides Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students for free to our students. Office 365 ProPlus offers full versions of current Microsoft Office software that can be downloaded and installed on students' personally-owned Mac OS X and Windows computers. Versions of Office for mobile devices are also included with Office 365 ProPlus. After a license has been assigned, a Saint Mary’s student can install Office 365 ProPlus software on up to five personally-owned computers and five personally-owned mobile devices. There are no monthly subscription fees associated with the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Students license. Students must show their Saint Mary's ID card to verify their eligibility for this program and sign an agreement to obtain the license. The software can then be downloaded directly from Microsoft. We do not recommend purchasing this software elsewhere.